Stunning Deals on European Villas

Shaky economies have led to steep price drops on vacation homes. Note to potential buyers: It's complicated.

The Tuscan sun will warm your soul, and you'll probably never eat a bad meal in Provence. But if you want to buy a European villa without spending a fortune, look south to Greece, Spain and Portugal. Their economic misfortunes have forced sellers to slash prices on vacation homes with panoramic views of the ocean, access to golf courses and volumes of old-world charm.

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Sandra Block
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.